In the past few posts, we have discussed who Jesus is and have examined his early life. So far we have learned of how he has powers to perform miracles, provided we obey. But in this series, we are going to be talking about another key aspect of his life – his prayer life.
Ideas used in this post are excerpted from the book “Who Was Jesus, Really?”
Jesus had the habit of performing miracles and doing good. But that’s not all there is to him. He also has a strong prayer life.
Every now and then, Jesus would slip away from his busy life and disciples to a mountain to pray. But the apostles weren’t stupid. They noticed it and asked him about it. They also asked him to teach them how to pray. Jesus’ reply reveals all we need to include in our prayers daily.
This particular prayer pattern was termed “Our Lord’s prayer” and it points out that the most important thing to do when praying is to give thanks to God.
He also asks us to be forgiving if we want God to answer our own prayers too. The Book “Who Was Jesus, Really?” clearly shows that we also can ask God for anything we want as long it is within his will and we believe he will do it for us.
Prayer + Consistency = Answer
Jesus also taught that we should always pray and not faint. This means that it is not enough to just ask God for anything, we must also be consistent in our prayer and we must not relent even if it seems like no answer is forthcoming.
Jesus wants us to be consistent in our faith and not give up. There are times that we miss the answer to our prayer because we aren’t sensitive enough.
Sometimes He sends something different from what we were expecting. Keep your eyes peeled when it seems like God is not paying attention; he is. He might be answering in a different way.
God answers prayers, but sometimes he may choose not to give us the answers as soon as we ask him because he wants to stretch our faith and confidence in his word. Therefore, we need to pray until we see the results.
Sometimes we need to pour out our heart unto Him just like Hannah did in the bible. She prayed until nothing was coming out of her lips. If we need to go to this length to have our prayers answered, we must.
Of course, there are other lessons to be learned from our Lord’s Prayer. The seventh chapter of the book discusses it all in detail.
Join us in our next post as we unveil more lessons from the life of Jesus Christ.
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